Resort Living for Retirees

PENANG Retirement Resort aims to provide senior citizens with a comfortable, safe and tranquil place to live out their golden years.

The new project of Penang Turf Club (PTC) is due for completion in the next few months.

PTC committee member Datuk Seri Teh Choon Beng said the scheme had been in the pipeline for a number of years.

“With an ageing population but domestic help and qualified carers in short supply, there is an urgent need for a retirement resort providing high quality service and all the facilities the elderly and infirm may require, ” he said.

The philosophy and objective of Penang Retirement Resort is centred on providing a purpose- built environment and facilities which will enhance the quality of life of its residents.

The design of the resort is structured and organised to cater to senior citizens with various needs.

It will cater to those who wish to retain a large measure of independence in their daily lives but also enjoy living in a community of like-minded people.

The resort will also suit those who are more dependent on the support and assistance given by professional caregivers and nurses.

It will be built on about three acres of the club’s land away from heavy city traffic, offering peace and calm which is important for the elderly.

It will comprise a seven-storey block with 142 units offering two types of rooms: Independent Living and Assisted Care, which will include units for full-time nursing care.

The sizes of the units vary from 414sq ft to 1,245sq ft.

There are 49 Assisted Care units and 77 Independent Living units.

All units will be occupied on a leasing basis.

The present site is near several hospitals to provide the necessary support and back-up facilities, and is in close proximity to shopping malls and the beach.

All meals will be provided for and residents will have the option of eating within their rooms or at the resort’s restaurant.

The disabled-friendly design incorporates landscaped sitting areas and terraces for group activities.

Over 200 car park bays for residents and visitors will be provided.

The resort will have an upmarket feel with facilities including a restaurant, wellness spa, physiotherapy room, entertainment and games rooms and even a mini cinema.

Services available will include housekeeping, home medication management, personal assistant services, beauty services, round-the-clock security, excursions and shopping trips as well as an in-house convenience store.

“The present retirement homes available on the island generally do not provide such comprehensive care, ” said Teh.

The turf club has engaged the services of Dual World Architecture Award winner, Cox Architecture from Australia to conceptualise the project.

Construction should be completed by next April and the resort is expected to be up and running a few months after that.

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